Aug 4, 2013 10:00am EDT
the nsa is scooping up information about americans, i do not think there is enough transparency. i think we can have more with endangering our safety. of they have a better idea how this court works. -- ao wanted to do another number of other new things. if somebody is going to be charged with a crime, whether it is dna evidence or something, does it meet certain standards so we do not have some of the terrible mistakes we have seen in the past? change the trying to way we sentence people. against mandatory minimums. this is a great idea when they are passed. it sounds better on paper than in practice. >> the fact that you have someone like senator rand paul joining you and senator mike new leaving and prove the chance for passing that sort of the bill? republican thought i have republican cosponsors. the organic farm standards began the huge organic farm movement in this country. a senior republican senator. ink we have become too polarized and to partisan -- too partisan. i want to get republicans on board here at a number of these liberal ornot conservative. it makes good sense. i wou
Aug 4, 2013 6:00pm EDT
's. hearing this week, is getting nsa information on americans, i don't think there is enough transparency. i intend to work for some limitations and have the american people have a better idea how the secret court, the fisa court works. i want to do a number of other things. senator corner of texas and i are working on a way to get forensic labs. if somebody is going to be charged with a crime, and there is dna evidence, there is at least certain standards so we do not have some of the terrible this takes we have seen in the past. i can say that as a former prosecutor. i have also tried to change the way we sentence people. the way the federal judges moved away from mandatory minimums. >> the fact that you have someone like senator rand paul joining you -- this week, senator lee is also interested in doing that. is this a new influx of libertarians leading republicans and improving the chances of passing that sort of bill -- >> i'm hoping so. i've always sought republican cosponsors. i wrote the bill for the organic farms standards, which became a huge organic farm movement in this country.
Aug 25, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. that is unacceptable to most people. >> can we switch the topic to the nsa? this divide both parties. within your party, you see very strong defenders of the surveillance programs that are going on. i wonder if this is something you have gotten involved in. have you made a bridge or does not fall within your bailiwick? >> it certainly falls within my bailiwick on the official side. president obama talked about protecting our national security interests in protecting the american's privacy it is critical. i have spent time on this. i spent five years on the judiciary committee during the reauthorization process of the patriot act and has spent some time on the privacy and security issues. these programs, while in some ways they are troubling, it is going to make some uncomfortable. there is no question that those programs have given us an opportunity to prevent terrorist acts and those who would do americans harm. there appears to be no question that there are times when the programs have gone for their than americans are comfortable with. including president obama. that is why he has begun to release a
Aug 11, 2013 10:00am EDT
. the administration has insisted that it needs the nsa and its spying programs to counter the terrorists. we need to be able to look at few indications and sometimes that means scooping up matt said... my e-mail subject lines and dates. the leaks.ay include aren't you concerned that if you dial back too far on those kind of programs that the terrorist groups you're talking about going to be able to plan freely and perhaps attack the united r its interests? >> it is baloney. we have approved the following of terrorist communications from overseas, even those communications that go into the united states. when it comes to phone calls of every single american, they do not need to keep tabs on everyone of us us and what we are doing in order to support a terrorist attack, -- toward a terrorist attack that has an overseas connection. if we want to be 100% safe from criminals we could just get the police to give us the power to tell us everything of what we do and to come up to every house at any time. that is not the way our freedom works. into this type of threat, i would rather see drones overseas t